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Old 11-21-2012, 08:48 PM   #1 
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Constipated Betta fish help?

My female Betta has been "constipated" for about two weeks now. I put quotes around constipated because I don't know for sure if this is the case or not.

So, I first noticed my Betta had a bloated, or swollen, stomach region. She does not have any symptoms of Dropsy or other disease that I know of, and she is acting completely normal (swimming around, eating normally.)

I am thinking this is constipation, so I started feeding her bits of peas every few days. After two weeks, she still have the same swollen stomach. And a lot of times, she is pooping, but it is this clear string that doesn't really look like normal Betta poop.

Any suggestions on what I can do to help this issue?
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Old 11-21-2012, 09:49 PM   #2 
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If she's pooping white stringy stuff that's usually an indication of internal parasites. What do you feed her? Their poo is usually the same color as what they eat. Females can become full of eggs even when there's no male which can make them look bloated; eventually they either expel the eggs or the eggs are absorbed back into their body.
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Old 11-21-2012, 10:02 PM   #3 
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I've fed her "TetraBetta Floating Mini Pellets" her whole life. I've just now started giving her peas because of this.

She has not been with other fish or animals, and her water is always purified.
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Old 11-22-2012, 07:25 AM   #4 
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If she's pooing she's not constipated & you said she's pooing. I'd be looking to treat for an internal parasite based on the poo description you gave.
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She has not been with other fish or animals, and her water is always purified.
What do you mean by purified, if I may ask? Do you mean you added water conditioner?
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I'm sorry, yes, water conditioner is what was added.

Now she is expelling brown poo right after I gave her a small betta pellet. It's no longer clear. Maybe it was clear only for the peas?

But she is still swollen.
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I'm sorry, yes, water conditioner is what was added.
Oh good. I thought maybe you meant you used distilled water. lol It might take a while for her to deflate after she passes whatever it was that was causing her to bloat.
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I'm sorry, yes, water conditioner is what was added.

Now she is expelling brown poo right after I gave her a small betta pellet. It's no longer clear. Maybe it was clear only for the peas?

But she is still swollen.
If she's acting normal & eating normal she's probably full of eggs. I wouldn't worry unless she starts acting funny.
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Old 11-22-2012, 11:02 PM   #9 
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My female is like this too. Her belly is always really big, so I'm worried that she's bloated. I've let her fast for a day or 2 but it never does anything so I don't think she's constipated. I think she must have eggs or something. Is this at all dangerous for them?
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Based on what I've researched & heard from others being eggie is not dangerous.
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